In June, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would not run for reelection in 2016, providing a rare opening for the state’s top seat. A number of people are considering running for the position and several have announced their campaigns. In August, Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith made his formal announcement. This week, a Democratic primary shaped up as former state senator Matt Dunne emailed supporters that he too was running. Dunne, a Google executive, has unsuccessfully run for statewide office twice before, including the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary. He explains to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he’s running again.
A Vermont group critical of the state's recent health care initiatives is joining a national doctors' group and an insurance company to oppose the state's health data collection efforts before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last November, Republican Elise Stefanik was elected to represent New York’s sprawling 21st Congressional district, becoming the youngest woman ever to walk the halls of Congress. Less than a year into her term, she faces a Democratic challenger. On July 1st retired Army Colonel Mike Derrick announced he was running for the seat. Derrick tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief he is encouraged about his chances as he travels the district.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed with Vermont that a hearing is needed over the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's use of money from its decommissioning fund for management of radioactive waste at the plant site.